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Beltline lanes closing at night

By Bayne Hughes ∑ 340-2432

The first of total lane shutdowns will come Wednesday night in the Beltline Road Southwest widening project.

Construction manager Marvin Pendergrass of APAC Construction of Huntsville said Beltline Road will become a two-lane highway as his crew closes the southbound lanes near Marvinís Building Materials from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The crews will work on two storm drainage pipes, necessary additions because the new lanes are filling the grass medians where the water now drains.

He said the shutdown of southbound lanes will start at the service crossover in front of Marvinís and end at the next crossover between medians. Those traveling into the city will move to the inside of the northbound lanes, while those traveling toward Alabama 20 will stay in the outside lane.

Pendergrass said he expects to finish both pipes Wednesday night. If the work does not progress as planned, he will extend the night work to Thursday.

This temporary closure is part of Phase 1, an Alabama Department of Transportation-funded $6.1 million project. APAC is expanding the four-lane, 2.3-mile spur between Cedar Street (just past Danville Road at Barnhillís Buffet) and Alabama 24 into a six-lane highway. Pendergrass estimated the project could take 18 months.

The first section will extend to Old Moulton Road. Workers will close the inside of the south lanes and, when finished, move over and close the inside of the north lanes.

Phase II, which could start during state DOTís 2008 fiscal budget year, will run from Alabama 24 to Alabama 20. Phase III is on the schedule to start in 2008 and finish the Beltline from Cedar Street to U.S. 31.

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